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Hi I have a smallish cafe and would like to get some music in there I was thinking of a soundbar can you get ones with built in radio with remote all this is new to me so I'm not sure if not will hav… Read More
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5m, 3d agoPosted 5 months, 3 days ago
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I have a smallish cafe and would like to get some music in there I was thinking of a soundbar can you get ones with built in radio with remote all this is new to me so I'm not sure if not will have to be the old fashioned hi if and speakers
Thanks
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5m, 3d agoPosted 5 months, 3 days ago
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#1
firstly you need a licence from the Performing Rights Society to play music in a public place.
#2
I have never seen or heard a good sound bar , unless you pay a lot of money , and then u might as well get a traditional hifi .
in my garage , I bought a 2.1 speaker set £30 ish and cheap personal dab radio £20, sounds ok ? if you already have a radio , the speakers would Def throw the sound out there ?
#3
Get a small TV with freeview and listen to the radio through that. Cheaper to pay for a TV license than pay PRS. This is how my wife gets round it in her cafe, the TV and freeview box are on a small shelf high up so not taking space up
#4
You can get decent soundbars quite cheaply. I have a Panasonic soundbar. Great sound, though I wouldn't crank it up to full volume, and it can be put on a shelf or wall mounted (with a different setting for each fixing, to give a better directional sound). It also had Bluetooth so you can stream from your own recordings, or Spotify etc. Also you can stream radio too.
This costs around £60. I will see if I can find a link.
#6
You'd be better off with a decent digital radio
#7
#8
danzab
Get a small TV with freeview and listen to the radio through that. Cheaper to pay for a TV license than pay PRS. This is how my wife gets round it in her cafe, the TV and freeview box are on a small shelf high up so not taking space up
I don't think this is good advice. You still need to pay PRS.
#9
Use Royalty-free music, there's tons about on youtube - just ask the creator permission beforehand.
#10
the sedge


these are 45 quid in sainsbury in deal reduced from 70


Should post it as a deal... excellent value. People have issues with sound quality because they don't realise most TV's are shipped with the sound settings set to 'Shop' or 'Store' so the sound is high pitched enough to be heard in a busy shop, not suitable for home use. If they went to sound settings on TV they could select 'custom' and get the sound quality they want. Going to try my local Sainsbury see if I can bag a bargain for the bedroom. Cheers.
#11
I dont know who downvoted Ray, but he is correct, you will need a license, which costs a fair bit of money.

The licenses are a rip off, and some people have managed to win in court against the PRS, but it is even MORE expensive to do that.
#12
exmouthred
danzab
Get a small TV with freeview and listen to the radio through that. Cheaper to pay for a TV license than pay PRS. This is how my wife gets round it in her cafe, the TV and freeview box are on a small shelf high up so not taking space up
I don't think this is good advice. You still need to pay PRS.


Been doing it this way for the last 3 to 4 years without any comeback and after the prs people had been in touch trying to get money

Edited By: danzab on Jan 19, 2017 12:48: .
#13
Well the cafe is in a busy market and they play music over the speakers but can't really hear it in my cafe so will I still have to pay ? Thanks for all the advice
#14
The AE aego M is a better choice - excellent room filling sound, soundbars have really small speakers so not really great for a large space unless you spend a lot of money.

https://www.hifix.co.uk/acoustic-energy-aego-m-sub-sat-2-1-system
This has really long cables and small satellite speakers you can place just about anywhere.
It does have manual volume control though, but you wont be changing the volume in a café anyway.

You can connect a small radio for music, or buy a Bluetooth receiver and beam music from your phone to it.
#15
ianjury
Well the cafe is in a busy market and they play music over the speakers but can't really hear it in my cafe so will I still have to pay ? Thanks for all the advice
Yes :)
#16
From the PRS website...

A TV licence permits you to receive certain broadcast signals. It is not concerned with copyright material. If you play copyright music in public by any means you are likely to need a Music Licence. PRS for Music licenses the public performance of music that is included on TV such as theme tunes, adverts and music played within films and TV programmes.

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